It must have been about 18 years ago... I was at a yard sale and there it was for $30.00. A loading bench with a MEC jr Press, a RCBS rifle/pistol Press, vices, bushings, charge bars, easy feed on the mec press.. So I purchased it.. I actually had a MEC press so I figure I buy the conversion kit and change the additional one to a 3 incher and of course keep my Verzamec a 2 3/4 12... I got the kit and the instructions at the time all seemed FRENCH.. so I said one of these days I would tackle it.. I never did... Yesterday I looked at the press sitting there and said I 'm going to change it out.. read the insturctions that by the way were not to good for a person who was going to change a press out for the first time..
I decided to go to YOUTUBE.. I watched a video of a person installing all the stations to an old MEC 600 Jr press... 29 Min video.. I went down to the reloading area and in 18 years and 20 minutes I made the old MEC 600 JR a 3 incher... Actually after watching the video on youtube the instructions changed right in front of my eyes from FRENCH to ENGLISH!!!!! Now I can reload not only 2 3/4 on the one press but 3 incher on the now upgraded press.. .Looking forward to loading some # 4 Buckshot and BB Nickle Plated coyotes loads for sure... I also have a VERZMEC in the 20 gauge press too.. Ah got to find another yard sale that has a 20 gauge press to change it to 3 incher... I do realize I could adjust the press in the back now with just changing the bolt out on the 20 to make it a 3 incher.. However just don't want to have to change it out back and forth back and forth... Besides I have so much 20 gauge ammo I need to go on quite a few grouse/rabbit hunts to use it up... My jest of this post while long is simple... In this day and age if the instructions seem to much FRENCH excape to HOW TOO on YOUTUBE to get a English Lesson!!!